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03-10-2012, 09:06 AM   #1
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70-200 f/2.8

When other brand has a 70-200 f/2.8 lense, why pentax doesn't ?

03-10-2012, 09:09 AM   #2
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Pentax has the FA*80-200 F2.8, why 80? Heck if I know.

They also have the DA*50-135 F2.8 which on APCS format is equivalent to 70-200 on a full frame.
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There are two 70-200/2.8's available for Penrax - one by Tamron, and one by Sigma. Given that they can sell in much greater volume because they also sell on Nikon and Canon, there is no way Pentax could possible compete on price with Tamron and Sigma. So why waste time money and money developing a lens they'd never be able to sell i enough quantity to be worth their while?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
Given that they can sell in much greater volume because they also sell on Nikon and Canon, there is no way Pentax could possible compete on price with Tamron and Sigma.
And IMHO that's the Pentax quandary: making and selling Pentax-quality lenses at Tamron|Sigma prices. Pentax apparently can't. So we won't see 10-24 and 17-50/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 offerings from Pentax, not unless Ricoh builds some fantabulous glass foundry with magickal support. Pentax makes and sells bodies that are superior in price+performance, but the lens offerings (despite great quality) are way costly.

How to cut prices? Make and sell more lenses, for the scale of efficiency. How to sell more lenses? Sell more cameras to put them on. So if Pentax-Ricoh ramps-up marketing and sells a few dozen boatloads of K-mount bodies, then we might see more Pentax lenses available at less painful prices. Or maybe Ricoh should just buy Tokina.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
but the lens offerings (despite great quality) are way costly.
Sometimes I wonder though, is this by necessity or by choice? After all, they have shown that they can pull off making a bargain gem like the DA 35 f/2.4 if they really put their minds to it.
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Pentax's 50-135 is a lot smaller and lighter than the 70-200s and I reckon that's the biggest selling point for Pentax's telezooms. Even the 60-250 is a good handling zoom, so versatile yet relatively light and weather sealed.
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We've had the why no 70-200 before. Pentax decided that they would retain focal length equivalents for thie ASP-C sensor, so we have 15-50 and 50-135. In place of 24-70 and 80-200
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Not to mention the 60-250 F4.... Not 2.8 i know but still relevent in the range as choice.
Its also the one Im likely to plum for in this range. Recent advances in high ISO in the K5 makes losing a stop in speed less of a disadvantage.

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How is the image quality on the 60-250? I have the sigma 70-200mm and after shooting the 300mm I'm finding it a bit wanting at times in image quality. Not a deal breaker but it does have me wondering if the grass is greener on the other side.
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Its one of the few lenses thats highly recomended at photozone. check it out !
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Thank you sir.
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